ANC concerned about rise of DA: report

2010-09-21 07:12

The ANC is concerned about the rise of the Democratic Alliance and the threat of opposition parties forming coalitions, a report on the state of the party has found.

The Organisational Review Report on the State of Organisation, compiled by the party’s secretary general Gwede Mantashe and tabled at the ANC national general council in Durban yesterday, calls for a detailed analysis “down to ward level” after the ANC’s percentage of voters fell by 3% to 65.9% in the national election last year.

“With the threat of the opposition parties forming coalitions whose main purpose is to oppose the ANC in all the spheres of government, a detailed analysis of the performance of the ANC and the opposition parties must be carried out down to ward level,” the report says.

“Of particular significance are the following: the upward trend in the support for the DA, the ability of Cope (Congress of the People), as a young party, to have representation in all nine provinces, the massive reduction in support for the ID (Independent Democrats) and the UDM (United Democratic Movement) and the near annihilation of smaller parties.”

The ANC won 11.6 million votes last year, gaining 800 000 more votes, mainly in KwaZulu-Natal.

In all other provinces the party registered a percentage decline in the electoral support.

The report says ANC structures must “resist the temptation of being arrogant” and “feeling that the support of our people is a given”.

“The challenge, therefore, is that of maintaining the ANC as a truly multi-class movement where all the people of South Africa, irrespective of race, gender or class, are at home.

“The ANC must truly remain the leader of all the forces for change, and lead the process of mobilising all South Africans to contribute to the ongoing transformation of our country.

“In doing this, we strive to appeal to and foster a common sense of South Africanness and a shared responsibility for our common destiny among all citizens of South Africa, black and white.”

Significant growth

The report says the results of last year’s national and provincial elections proved that the party was beginning to “reap fruit’ in its effort to attract more white voters.

It says its support in white communities increased from about 3% in the 2004 elections to about 6% in last year’s elections.

“This is significant growth, although from a low base,” the report says.

Racial tensions “whipped up” after the death of Eugene Terre’Blanche, the leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB), “proved that the ultra-right wing is small and on the periphery of society”, the report says.

“The organised formations in Afrikaans society distanced themselves from the AWB’s threats.

“It became clear to all of us that there is a big body in this community that is loyal to the constitution and keen to make a contribution in building South Africa as a winning society.” 

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